The Hundred Poets Compared: A Print Series by Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, and Kunisada

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The Hundred Poets Compared is about a 100-print series made by three famous Ukiyo-e artists of the 19th century: Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, and Kunisada. Each print compares one of the poems from the most-beloved collection of Japanese poetry, The One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each (Hyakunin Isshu), with a scene from Japanese history or theatre. Begun during the repressive Tenpô Reforms, the series includes many surreptitious portraits of popular actors. Herwig and Mostow explain each episode depicted and its connection...

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Overview

The Hundred Poets Compared is about a 100-print series made by three famous Ukiyo-e artists of the 19th century: Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, and Kunisada. Each print compares one of the poems from the most-beloved collection of Japanese poetry, The One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each (Hyakunin Isshu), with a scene from Japanese history or theatre. Begun during the repressive Tenpô Reforms, the series includes many surreptitious portraits of popular actors. Herwig and Mostow explain each episode depicted and its connection to its particular poem, providing a translation of the commentary text on each print and the identification of actors and performances. This work will be welcome to Ukiyo-e collectors and scholars, as well as those interested in Kabuki and Japanese legends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789074822824
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/8/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Henk J. Herwig is a retired Lecturer of Zoology and Cell Biology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Since 1992 he has been Editor-in-Chief of Andon, the renowned Bulletin of the Society for Japanese Art. With his wife he is also the author of Heroes of the Kabuki Stage (2004).

Joshua S. Mostow is Professor of Asian Studies at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is also author of Pictures of the Heart: The Hyakunin Isshu in Word and Image (1996) and other works on Japanese art and literature.

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Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Notes to the reader
Introduction to the series
A remarkable adventure
An anthology of poems
Fujiwara no Teika and the One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each
Mitate-e
Serial works
Parody pictures of the One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each
The Tenpô Reforms: publishers and actors under pressure
The conception of the series
Members of the team
Ibaya Senzaburô, fan merchant and publisher
Kuniyoshi, the unbridled
Hiroshige, master of landscape
Ryûkatei Tanekazu, author of popular fiction
Kunisada, master of the theatrical print
Publishing dates of the series
A re-evaluation halfway
Chief literary sources
Kabuki sub rosa
Conclusion
Notes
Pictures, translations, explications and commentaries
Appendices
Overview of artists, censors, characters, and poets
Overview of prints showing specific Kabuki actors
Indices actors’ stage-names and playwrights
Overview of periods in which specific censor seals were used
Bibliography
Index
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